Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The choice of gadgets

I do not think that when it comes to the choice of gadgets, my way of choosing is any different from that of a sighted person.  There may be a few differences but I doubt whether they are really too significant.  So, here goes.

 

I choose a gadget based on need – like anyone else.

I choose a gadget based on affordability – no different than anyone else.

I choose a gadget based on layout of the keypad – may or may not be different than anyone else.

I choose a gadget for portability – no different than anyone else.

 

So far so good but here are the additions.  The gadget I choose should come with a manual in an alternate format; in Braille, on a CD, or in a downloadable readable format. 

The speech software should be accessible and the menus should be easy to access.

The quality of the voice should be excellent.

I should be able to receive quick and easy technical support if I have questions on either hardware or software. 

It should not be too difficult for me to learn how to use the gadget.

 

There you have it; how I decide on which gadget to buy and use.  I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out there and share my thoughts with others. 

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